Tue, Dec 14, 2004 - Page 3 News List

TSU leader to stay on board -- for now

CNA , TAIPEI

The chairman of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said yesterday that he has "reluctantly" decided to stay on as head of the party for the time being after the TSU made a poor showing in the latest legislative elections.

An emotional Huang Chu-wen (黃主文) offered to resign during a review meeting held by the party yesterday to take responsibility for a performance that was "far below expectations," TSU officials said.

Since Huang was adamant in his desire to ultimately leave the post, the TSU central executive decided that the matter will be further discussed on Feb. 1, when a reshuffle of all central executive members will take place via an election, they said.

The party's central executive, however, did accept the resignations of TSU Secretary-General Lin Jih-jia (林志嘉) and his administration team, and said that their replacements will be announced next Monday.

Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘), a TSU party whip in the legislature who failed to win re-election, said that the party machine hadn't functioned well this time, and that someone has to take responsibility to show that the determination to make reforms is real.

Chen added that the party will still have to consult former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who serves as the spiritual leader of the TSU, after the disappointing results.

Chen also took a swipe at the DPP by saying it had not done all it could to help the TSU.

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